2006 USA Speedway History
AMA/USA SPEEDWAY UNDER 21 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON DECEMBER 16
The AMA/USA Speedway Under 21 National Championship scheduled for Saturday afternoon, December 16 at The Grand at the Industry Hills Expo Center is just two weeks away. The rider roster is growing daily. Justin Boyle, the 2004 Under 21 Champion, has confirmed that he will take part. Boyle was injured in a crash at Costa Mesa and will be racing for the first time since suffering his injury. Tim Gomez, who finished third last year, is back and looking to take two more steps up the podium and take the crown. As has been the case in the past, the Under 21 is attracting riders from several areas of the country. Several riders from Northern California are travelling South for the event. Brian Hollenbeck and Casey Donholt are flying in from New York and Aaron Laird is driving in from Colorado to compete. The winner of the event will earn one of the USA's to spots in the World Under 21 Qualifying Rounds in 2007 and also take home the Randy Evans Perpetual Trophy.
In addition to the AMA/USA Speedway Under 21 National Championship, the California Youth Championship and the California Pee Wee Championship will also be held. Riders from Northern California, includingBen Essary and Steven Reese, will be making the trip to Industry Hills for the Youth Championship to battle the locals on their turf. A couple of second-generation riders have been confirmed for the Pee Wee Championship as well.
This event is open to all riders who are eligible to compete. Any rider who was born between January 1, 1985 and December 16, 1990 are eligible for the Under 21. The regular age rules apply for the Youth Championship and Pee Wee Championship. Riders in the Under 21 and Youth division must be aware that the Industry muffler rule will be in effect. Mufflers can be purchased through Cody Racing Products or Dominator Designs. The deadline to sign up is Friday, December 8. All riders are guaranteed four races as well as a brief practice prior to the event.
The pit gates will open at 10:30 a.m. Tickets will go on sale at 11:00 a.m. Practice will begin at noon, the rider parade will be at 12:45, and the event will commence at 1:00 p.m. The regular ticket prices will be in effect. Adults: $10; Juniors (13-18)/Seniors: $6.00; Children (6-12): $3.00, Kids Under 6 are FREE.
Sponsorship is still being sought for this event. Sponsorships can range from sponsoring a heat race, half-page ads, or full-page ads. All excess money will be put into the purse just as it was last year.
Riders, fans, and sponsors needing information can contact Ryan Evans at (626) 643-7598 or at email@example.com
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE RAIN OR SHINE!!!!
RIDER HOMETOWN AGE
AMA/USA Speedway U.S. Under 21 National Championship
3 - T.J. Fowler Palermo, CA 18
12 - Greg Hooten, Jr. Sacramento, CA 20
19 - Dale Facchini Riverside, CA 18
25 - J.T. Martynse Penryn, CA 21
30 - Tim Gomez Hesperia, CA 18
45 - Dario Galvin Corona, CA 18
87 - Aaron Laird Brighton, CO 19
93 - J.T. Mabry Napa, CA 18
97 - Casey Donholt Port Crane, NY 19
116 - Alex Marcucci Nevada City, CA 18
155 - Scott York Ojai, CA 20
171 - Brian Hollenbeck Owego, NY 21
201 - Neil Facchini Riverside, CA 21
212 - Kenny Ingalls Foresthill, CA 19
238 - Travis Henderson Ojai, CA 18
241 - John Marquez Menifee, CA 20
248 - Brian Starr Garden Grove, CA 19
California Youth Championship - First Division
8 - Austin Novratil Huntington Beach, CA 11
9n - Bryce Starks Meadow Vista, CA 15
13 - Krystal Cramer Chino, CA 16
21 - Gino Manzares Corona, CA 13
24 - Ben Essary Yuba City, CA 15
32 - Steven Reese Yuba City, CA 16
66 - Jason Ramirez Orange, CA 14
70 - Cody Ciciarelli Auburn, CA 13
114 - Joey Holt Oak Hills, CA 12
California Youth Championship - Second Division
2 - Braydan Galvin Corona, CA 8
9 - Rocco Scopellite Huntington Beach, CA 10
12 - Thomas Reich Auburn, CA 13
18 - Russell Green Anaheim, CA 15
22 - Samuel Ramirez Orange, CA 7
139 - Phillip Harmatiuk Garden Grove, CA 16
154 - Chad Hoyt Tustin, CA 13
178 - Eloy Medellin III Yorba Linda, CA 12
611 - Brad Pappalardo Corona, CA 13
California Pee Wee Championship
3 - Bryson Galvin Corona, CA 5
43 - River McDougall Bakersfield, CA 8
104 - Kurtis Hamill Carlsbad, CA 8
178 - Cassandra Medellin Yorba Linda, CA 8
Rider line up announced for First Annual Thanksgiving Speedway International
at the Mojave Crossing Event Center in Fort Mohave, Arizona on November 25.
SERVICE FOR MIKE CUROSO
Friday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m.
Livingstone Christian Fellowship
It is on the corner of Victoria and Placentia. It is a grey building with blue trim.
TEAM RACING AT COSTA MESA
Here are the teams for the team event at 11:30am this Saturday. I encourage fans that have never seen team racing before to come on by and see why 95% of European races use this format. The riders in the US that have done so LOVE team speedway!
ORANGE COUNTY 'BBB Raingutters' BEES
1. Brian Starr
2. Bryan Buffington
3. Trinon Cirello
4. Michael Hernandez
5. Jesse Finch
6. Chris Metoyer
7. Eddie Martinez
VICTORVILLE 'Schlamans' Services" VIKINGS
1. Dale Facchini
2. Rohn Zellner
3. Neil Facchini
4. Billy Lyons
5. Tom Gomez
6. Robert Fiesler
7. Travis Henderson
1st reserve: Greg Ayers
Admission $10 Adults
JUniors (13-17) $5
Children 6-12 $ 3
5 & under free
Amateur races will be staged from 1:30 - 3:45pm. Classes for all kinds of bikes, including Support & Support B Speedway. Evening races commence at 6:30pm with qualifying heats for Supporting Classes. D1 races from 7:30pm.
SKYLER GREYSON UPDATE
Doug and Janie Greyson released the following update:
Skyler went home last week and is currently receiving therapy at his home. He will soon begin outpatient therapy at a facility close to his home four days a week, six hours per day. His therapy is expected to last at least a year.
He is walking around and is able to go up and down the stairs at his home. He has also been playing his guitar again. His neck brace will be coming off very soon, but he will have to wear his back brace at least two more months. Skyler has a tough road ahead of him, but he improves both physically and cognitively every day which is very encouraging.
The Greysons are comfortable enough with Skyler's condition to extend a public invitation to anyone who wishes to visit Skyler to feel free to do so. If you plan to visit Skyler, it is recommended that you contact Doug at (949) 813-5400 to verify if and when Skyler will be home.
The Greyson Family also wanted to express their gratitude to the speedway community for their thoughts, prayers, love, and donations throughout the last month. They have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support that everyone has contributed to Skyler and the family and are very thankful for everything and to everyone who has helped them during this past month.
SKYLER GREYSON SERIOUSLY INJURED
U.S. National Under 21 Champion Skyler Greyson was seriously injured in a crash during the main event at the Fourth of July event in Victorville. Greyson was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center where he is currently recovering from head injuries.
Industry Speedway has designed a special Skyler Greyson t-shirt that will be available no later than the California State Championship on July 15. The t-shirts will be sold for $20 each and all the profits will go to the Greyson family.
Anyone who is interested in buying a t-shirt can contact Kelly Inman via email at Industryspeedway@yahoo.com or via fax at 714-901-2631. Please include the quantity and the size(s).
JAY GIANETTI PASSES AWAY
September 23, 1961 - April 21, 2006
It is with much sadness that I share the news that my good friend Jay Gianetti (#22) passed away Friday, April 21 at 1:05 in the afternoon after losing his battle with brain cancer.
I thank everyone who has offered prayers and support throughout his illness and who supported his benefit race at Maelys.
I have posted the information in regards to his memorial service if anyone would like to attend. It is in Fullerton on May 6th at 1:00 which is Opening Day for Costa Mesa, but early enough in the day so that you can still get to the races on time.
If you have any question please feel free to contact me,
2006 DREAM TEAM USA RESULTS
Below are the results from the 2006 Dream Team USA tour of Britain.
April 8 - Mildenhall
1. Andrew Bargh (R/R)
2. James Purchase -3 -0 -3 -2'-2' = 10+2
3. Matthew Wright -3 -3 -1 -3 -2-1'= 13+1
4. Mark Baseby -1 -2'-3 -Fx-Fx = 6+1
5. Mark Thompson -2'-2 -3 -2'-3-2 = 14+2
6. Trevor Heath -2'-1 -3 -3 = 9+1
7. Ben Hopwood -3 -0 -0 -Fx = 3
USA Dream Team 40
1. Neil Facchini -1 -0 -0 = 1
2. Michael Hull -0 -1 -1'-1 = 3+1
3. Tim Gomez -2 -2 -Fx-6^-3 = 13
4. Matt Browne -0 -0 -1 -2 = 3
5. Buck Blair -3 -4^-3 -1 -0 = 11
6. Dale Facchini -1 -1'-2'-1 = 5+2
7. Adam Mittl -0 -1 -2 -1' = 4+1
8. Scott Campos -0
Heat 01: (Re-Run) Purchase,Thompson(R/R),N.Facchini(T+15m),Hull (55.62) 5-1
Heat 02: Hopwood,Heath,D.Facchini,Mittl (55.0) 5-1 10-2
Heat 03: Wright,Gomez,Baseby,Browne (54.81) 4-2 14-4
Heat 04: Blair,Thompson,Mittl,Hopwood (53.81) 2-4 16-8
Heat 05: (Re-Run) Wright,Baseby,Hull(T+15m),N.Facchini (Awarded) 5-1 21-9
Heat 06: Baseby(R/R),Blair(TR),D.Facchini,Purchase (53.37) 3-5 24-14
Heat 07: (Re-Run) Thompson,Gomez,Heath,Browne (54.44) 4-2 28-16
Heat 08: Purchase,Mittl,Hull,Hopwood(FRem) (54.8) 3-3 31-19
Heat 09: (Re-Run) Blair,D.Facchini,Wright,Baseby(Fx) (54.81) 1-5 32-24
Heat 10: Wright(R/R),Purchase,Browne,Gomez(Fx) (Awarded) 5-1 37-25
Heat 11: Heath,Thompson,Hull,N.Facchini (54.82) 5-1 42-26
Heat 12: Gomez(TR),Wright,D.Facchini,Hopwood(Fx) (Awarded) 2-7 44-33
Heat 13: Thompson,Purchase(R/R),Blair,Campos (54.81) 5-1 49-34
Heat 14: Heath,Browne,Mittl,Baseby(Fx) (Awarded) 3-3 52-37
Heat 15: Gomez,Thompson,Wright,Blair (54.5) 3-3 55-40
April 12 - Oxford
April 14 - Sheffield
April 16 - Buxton
1 Jon Bethell 0 3 3 0 Ex = 6
2 Jack Roberts 1 0 3 2* = 6+1
3 Carl Belfield 2 1*0 F = 3+1
4 Gary Beaton 1*2 1 2 = 6+1
5 Adam Roynon 2 3 3 1 2 = 11
6 Lewis Dallaway 2 0 1 1* = 4+1
7 Ben Taylor 0 0 2*2 = 4+1
USA Dream Team 50
1 Neil Facchini 2*0 2 1 2* = 7+2
2 Michael Hull 3 3 2 1 ef = 9
3 Tim Gomez (R/R)
4 Matt Browne 0 1 0 = 1
5 Buck Blair 3 3 2 3 3 3 = 17
6 Dale Facchini 3 1*2*1 3 3 1= 14+2
7 Adam Mittl 1 1 0 Ex = 2
8 Jay Pickard - did not ride
Heat 01: hull, n.facchini, roberts, bethell 58.4 1-5 1-5
Heat 02: d.facchini, dalloway, mittl, taylor 59.3 2-4 3-9
Heat 03: blair, belfield, beaton, browne 56.3 3-3 6-12
Heat 04: blair, roynon, mittl, taylor 56.5 2-4 8-16
Heat 05: hull, beaton, belfield, n.facchini 57.0 3-3 11-19
Heat 06: bethell, blair, d.facchini, roberts 56.8 3-3 14-22
Heat 07: roynon, hull, browne, dalloway 55.8 3-3 17-25
Heat 08: roberts, taylor, hull, mittl 59.7 5-1 22-26
Heat 09: blair, d.facchini, beaton, belfield 57.1 1-5 23-31
Heat 10: bethell, roberts, d.facchini, browne 60.6 5-1 28-32
Heat 11: roynon, n.facchini, dalloway, hull(ef) 58.0 4-2 32-34
Heat 12: d.facchini, taylor, n.facchini, belfield(fell) 58.7 2-4 34-38
Heat 13: blair, n.facchini, roynon, bethell 57.8 1-5 35-43
Heat 14: d.facchini, belfield, dalloway, mittl(Ex) awarded 3-3 38-46
Heat 15: blair, roynon, d.facchini 57.4 2-4 40-50
April 19 - Reading
SPEEDWAY AT THE GRAND IN 2006
There will be speedway at The Grand in Industry Hills in 2006. For more details go to the Industry Hills Track Page.
2006 Gumball Rally
February 18 & 19
From: Billy Hamill
The Gumball Rally is back!
In 1983, Ken Maely introduced the Gumball Rally. It was an event specifically designed for the Junior Speedway riders, who previously had only been used as half-time entertainment for the "Big Boys." It was set up with a championship format and allowed the juniors the opportunity to show their stuff. The chance to get five races in a day was invaluable to those kids.
The last Gumball Rally was held out at Maely's Ranch in 2004. Unfortunately, the venue closed due to his passing.
Well, guess what? It's back, Baby!
Thanks to the good people at Perris Raceway (Jerry Litton and Freddie Edwards), we once again have a track to carry on the tradition of the Gumball Rally.
Mark your calendars for the weekend of February 18-19.
Gumball Rally Schedule
February 17, 2006
Billy Hamill Speedway School (not mandatory)
11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. & open practice until 9:00 p.m.
(Limited space available)
February 18, 2006
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (not mandatory)
Cost: $30.00 entry fee
February 19, 2006
Start time: 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.00 entry fee
Note: There is a yearly insurance fee of $35.00. If this has not previously been paid, then that will also be due before track time is available.
We will have a PeeWee Class, Junior Speedway (1st and 2nd Division), and USA Dream Team vs. World Aces Team
Confirmed riders are:
Brayden "the Gasser" Galvin
River "the Ripper" McDougal
"Mad" Margi Hamill
Kurtis "Kurtilicious" Hamill
"Dynamite" Deano Carden
Junior Speedway Class:
2x Gumball Rally Champion – Ricky Wells
Any other PeeWee or Junior Riders who would like to sign up, can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
USA Dream Team:
Shaun Harmatiuk (or Chris Kerr)
Trophies and Gumballs for all classes!
Traditionally, The Gumball Rally has not only been great racing on the Sunday, but a great social weekend for the families and fans involved in the great sport of Speedway! Don't forget that free camping is available from Friday. Please come and support our future World and National Champions!
Below are the profiles on the Conference League riders that are coming over in January to meet the Dream Team.
Here are the bios and links to their home team websites for the riders coming over from Britain to face our Dream Team for some practice in January.
There are 3 16 year olds, one 17, two 18 and one 20.
Lewis Bridger - Weymouth Wildcats
Position\Grading: Heat Leader. Number 3. Grade 2
Age: 15 Born: November 4 1989
Middle name: Alan
Height: 1.65m Weight: 50kg
Former British clubs: None
Summary: Entering his first season as a Conference League rider and is expected to turn a few heads, according to team boss Brian White.
Did you know? As well as speedway, Lewis also takes part in motorcross,super moto and road bike racing.
Trevor Heath - Mildenhall Tigers
Born: 21 March 1989, Cuckfield, West Sussex
2004: Sheffield (CT): M-1, R-4, P-2, B-0, T-2, Ave-2.00
Trevor has progressed his way into the team with some steady performances after making his debut for the Fen Tigers at Wimbledon on 25 May.
A 16 year-old who's only previous appearance came for Sheffield in the Conference Trophy at Wimbledon last year, he also turned out in three of the six inaugural British Under 15 Championship rounds during 2004.
Although on a reserve grading 2, Trevor has found himself more often than not in the main body of the team at either 2 or 4 and has acquitted himself well against a better standard opposition.
With time and fixtures under his belt Trevor will continue his improvement
and come an integral part of the Fen Tigers team.
Chris Johnson - Rye House Raiders
(6 point grade)
born in Chichester, Sussex on 13 October 1987
The big man of the team at 6'2", Chris started last term in the Premier League with the Isle of Wight, and was unfortunate to be cut in favour of Ulrich Ostergard by being "in the wrong place at the wrong time". Oh, the dreaded word "averages". A near 8 point average with the Swindon Sprockets, plus a place in Pete Oakes' new Academy, helped make amends. As for 2005, in addition to his key role for the Raiders, he will have another well deserved shot at the Premier League courtesy of Reading.
Luke Priest - Stoke Spitfires
Born: 18 June 1985
Luke started speedway at Sheffield's training track and he also rides for the Sheffield Prowlers in the Conference Trophy. So far this year he has made his ice speedway debut (at Telford) and been given a reserve spot in the Premier League Riders Championship.
James Purchase - Mildenhall Tigers
Born: 21 October 1987, Southampton, Hampshire
2004: Swindon - M-11, R-43, P-34, B-6, T-40, Ave-3.72
17 year-old James joins Mildenhall after successfully having his grading figure downgraded from 4 to 2 and thus allowing him to compete for a Fen Tigers reserve berth.
The Southampton-born rider appeared for Swindon last season, averaging 3.72, marginally lower than the 3.90 average he sustained from riding 9 fixtures for Peterborough in 2003. Wayne Swales stated it was a bargain capture for a reserve with two years experience and James will battle it out with Scott Campos and Bevan Gilbert-Jarrett for the no.6 and 7 team mplaces.
Last season James's best scores came on the Sprockets' travels, 6+1 and 5 at Oxford and Armadale respectively. But he outscored those points the year before with the Pumas, a career-best 9+1 came at Newport and was swiftly followed the next fixture with 7+2 against Carmarthen in a match raced at King's Lynn.
2005 with the Fen Tigers represents James's best chance to show the sportwhat he can do with more fixtures and riding in a more competitive team than he's had before.
Swindon (CL), King's Lynn (CT), Oxford (CL), Peterborough (CL & BLC)
Lee Smart - Mildenhall Tigers
Born: 5/04/88, Swindon, Wiltshire
2004: Mildenhall: M-41, R-210, P-350, B-47, T-397, Ave-7.65
Smarty returned to Mildenhall on 22 May as the new heat leader promised to the fans after he was forced to leave Weymouth as they switched their race-nights from Thursday to Friday, clashing with his home meetings with Somerset in the Premier League.
He rejoins the club where he was one of the most successful riders of last season's Fen Tigers squad that swept the Conference League board, a star reserve averaging 7.65 from 41 appearances and scoring many high double-figure hauls including a match-winning 18 points in a crucial league win at Stoke.
A blistering start to the season with the Wildcats, 3 maximums including one at Wimbledon and a 10.66 average from 5 appearances, makes him a steal middle-order grade 6 signing and regarded as a powerful heat leader.
He knows the track, he knows the fans and the signing of Lee can only boost his and the Fen Tigers season to bigger and better things.
Previous clubs: Weymouth, Swindon (CL), Stoke (CT)
Shane Waldron - Weymouth Wildcats
I couldn't find a bio on him but apparently, he is 15 or 16, broke his wrist and dislocated his shoulder about a year ago and has the ability to score a lot of points in a meeting.